The #bookbuddyathon is just about my favourite readathon, I think (though it is a bit like choosing your favourite child!). Find a buddy, read some books – what could be better than that! The fourth Book-Buddy-Athon takes place from 6 to 14 May and is run by two lovely booktube ladies, Elena Reads Books and SwirlyGirlyReads. I have buddied up with a lovely book blogger, Amanda from Mini Panda’s Book Reviews and I think we’re going to have fun discussing the books we’ve chosen.
The aim of the Book-Buddy-Athon is to read 5 books fitting five different challenges:
Buddy Read a Book with your Buddy
After checking out each other’s Goodreads lists, Amanda and I discovered we shared quite a few of the same books. We decided to buddy read The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – we’d both been meaning to get to this for ages, so this seemed like a good opportunity!
2. Read a book whose title begins with the first letter of your buddy’s name
Amanda begins with A, so I decided to read After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell. Maggie’s This Must Be The Place (read my review on Goodreads) (was my favourite book of last year, so I’m really looking forward to this one, which has been sitting on my shelf for far too long! And it has recently been published in paperback, and is super cheap on Book Depository at the moment!
3. Read a book with your buddy’s favourite colour on the cover
Amanda’s favourite colour is orange. I chose Satin Island by Tom McCarthy. I’m a little hesitant as this has had very mixed reviews, but excited to give it a go and judge it for myself.
4. Buddy’s choice! Ask your buddy to pick one book out of 3 for you to read
I asked Amanda to pick from A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman, The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson and Human Acts by Han Kang. She chose Human Acts, and I can’t wait to get to this one! (I might swap out Satin Island for a Year of Marvellous Ways as this also has orange on it … we’ll see how I get on!)
5. Read a book of your own choice
No matter how much you are enjoying your current read, there is always another book that is calling to you, begging you to pick it up! I haven’t decided what I will read for this challenge yet … I will see which way my whimsy takes me!
Now, I have to add, it is unlikely that I will get through all 5 books during the week of the readathon. I generally read 1 1/2 books a week. But I am not in work this week (I just resigned from my job of 7 years and start a new job next week), I have no real plans for the week so I don’t really have any excuses for not getting a whole stack of reading done! It’s the perfect time for readathon! I’ll be updating my progress on Twitter and Instagram throughout the week, so follow me there if you want to see how I get on!
What’s your favourite readathon? Do you have any tips for a successful buddy reads Let me know in the comments!